Restrictions return as Sydney COVID outbreak grows

Parishioners observe social distancing guidelines at Mass at St Charles Borromeo in Ryde last year (The Catholic Weekly/Alphonsus Fok)

Churches across Greater Sydney will return to the one person per four square metre rule under tightened restrictions introduced in response to the growing eastern suburbs outbreak. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Worshippers will also be required to wear masks in churches and there is to be no congregational singing under the restrictions which came into effect at 4pm yesterday.

The restrictions include weddings and funerals and will also apply to the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour. Dancing will be allowed at weddings for the bridal party only (no more than 20 people).

Announcing the changes, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said they would apply for one week in response to the growing risk to the community and designed to reduce the risk of further transmission.

Meanwhile in Victoria, restrictions on church services, funerals and weddings have lifted as of today. Regional Victoria can have unlimited patrons at church services within a one per two square metre limit. In metropolitan Melbourne, up to 300 people can attend a service within a one per four square metre limit.


Return to restrictions on churches as Sydney COVID outbreak grows (The Catholic Weekly)

Covid-19 guidelines (Melbourne Catholic

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